GEN 103 week 2 DQ 1


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.



Information   Literacy and Lifelong Learning


In the 21st century, it is   important to be able to research and make wise decisions based on reliable   information. In fact, employers have high expectations regarding their   employees’ abilities to research. As discussed in the Post Your Introduction   forum, due to the overwhelming amount of information available, researching   and locating reliable sources to guide decision-making can be very   challenging. Let’s examine in this discussion the challenges of research and   how developing information literacy skills can help. 


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Prepare: Read Module 1 of your textbook to   learn more about information literacy. Next, read the At Sea in a Deluge of   Data article   from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This article details the   research expectations employers have of new employees hired in the digital   age.


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Reflect: Consider your reaction to the   information in the article, At Sea in a Deluge of   Data, and   Module 1 and identify areas that you connected with the most. Based on the   article and Module 1 of your text, consider how information literacy skills   can impact being a critical consumer of information.


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Write: With Module 1 of the textbook and   the article, you explored in mind, answer the following questions in your   discussion post: 

  • Based on the information you        read in Chapter 1 of your textbook and the At Sea in a Deluge        of Data        article, how would you define information literacy? 
  • How can improving your        information literacy skills help you in being a critical consumer of        information, in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge, and in your        professional career ambitions?

Your   initial post should contain a minimum of 350 words written in complete   sentences. It must answer all aspects of the prompt (refer to “Think about it   this way” below).   It must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Thursday evening.    Correctly cite the source of any information that you use in your post.


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Guided Response: You must reply to at least two   classmates. As you reply to your classmates, attempt to extend the   conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or by   responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target   and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you   might consider sharing additional ways that information literacy skills can   help them be critical consumers of information. 

Think   about it this way…
  This discussion is asking you to do six things.

  • Read Module 1 in your        textbook and the At Sea in a Deluge        of Data        article.
  • Based on your textbook and        the article, write a paragraph explaining how you would define        information literacy.
  • Answer the question, “How can        improving your information skills help you in being a critical consumer        of information?”
  • Answer the question, “How can        improving your information skills help you in the ongoing pursuit of        knowledge?”
  • Answer the question, “How can        improving your information skills help you in your career ambitions?

Respond to   at least two of your classmates’ discussion posts. 

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